A genuine Ming Dynasty tea cup
This piece is from Ravi Prasad's personal collection, he writes:
"When I was growing up there used to be cartoons and movies and things where the ‘Ming Vase’ was the special valuable things that was always getting broken or under threat of destruction.
It stuck with me, and probably millions of other Gen Xs, that the Ming Vase was kind of ‘shorthand’ for precious. Ming=precious.
While this is not a vase, it is Ming and that’s close enough for me.
This particular tea-cup was bought in China. I was in China earlier this year in a city called Yiwu; right behind the international trade market was this improvised ‘antique market’. It’s not a real market, it’s just where people who have found, scrounged or maybe even ‘grave robbed’ artefacts turn up to sell them to foreigners (me)."
From TV Tropes...
Krusty: Why, this rickety ladder in front of this door is the perfect place for this priceless Ming vase. Eh? Eh?
(Bart walks in, knocking the ladder over and smashing the vase.)
Bart: I didn't do it.
That thing that is so priceless (either because it's extremely rare, costs a lot of money, has great sentimental significance, is the product of countless hours of meticulous work that the owner put into it, or all of the above) that it simply has to be destroyed for comedic effect.
In a comedy film, any item whose owner goes to great lengths to explain just how valuable and precious it is (particularly if it is pronounced "vahz" in a non-UK production), will be destroyed completely by a bumbling accident-prone neighbour, those three guys with funny hair you hired to put up wall paper, or Ben Stiller.
The person who broke it will often go to great lengths to repair or replace the item before the owner finds out. They will most likely fail and learn a lesson about honesty.
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